Farewell Wadebridge!

2014 - Watercress Line - Spring Steam Gala - Ropley - unrebuilt West Country Class - 34007 WadebridgeThe oldest surviving Bulleid Pacific was withdrawn from service on the Watercress Line on the 6th March 2016.  No 34007 Wadebridge now requires a full overhaul before she can run again.  She will also need her original tender restored, as the tender she uses will be returned to 35005 Canadian Pacific (albeit with a new tank).

Watercress Line Spring Steam Gala 2016 (20) Bulleid unrebuilt West Country class 34007 Wadebridge demonstration goods freight Alresford34007 was not rebuilt and therefore is a distinctive looking locomotive.  The air smoothed casing that gives the type’s “spam can” nickname was supposed to aid cleaning.  The idea was that it could use rolling stock washing facilities, although there is no evidence to suggest that this happened!

2013 Great Spring Steam Gala - Watercress Line - Approaching Ropley - Unrebuilt West Country class - 34007 WadebridgeWadebridge’s withdrawal leaves us with two unrebuilt Bulleid Pacific’s in service – 34067 Tangmere (mainline certified) and 34092 City of Wells (usually based on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, although currently stuck on the East Lancashire Railway due to weight restrictions on a bridge at Keighley).

Watercress Railway - Bighton Lane - West Country Class - 34007 Wadebridge34007 had become a familiar site on the Mid Hants Railway and will be missed by many.  Below is a picture slideshow of Wadebridge, with photographs taken over the past few years.

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